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As parents or professionals we are on our feet all the time. Whether you are chasing a toddler around, or working on your feet in a medial or other field, our feet can be tired and achy by the end of the day.
My feet have never quite been the same since my leg surgery in 2009 and my feet and legs frequently ache by the end of the day. I have thought about the possibility of custom orthopedic shoes or something along those lines to see if it would help, but the price is daunting, especially since I can’t be sure if they would even solve the problem. Consequently, I was pretty interested to test out the new Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic inserts and I found a kiosk in the pharmacy section of a Walmart.
Dr. Scholl’s Custom Orthotic inserts are an affordable option at around $50 (vs. hundreds of dollars for other custom inserts), and their kiosks feature Footmapping Technology which has over 2,000 sensors to calculate your unique measurements. This technology identifies where you place the most pressure in your arch and your arch type. After just a few minutes of measurements, the kiosk recommends one of their dozens of inserts and you are done. I took my measurement in the kiosk three times to make sure it was right, and it came out with the same results each time so it seems to be pretty consistent and accurate.
These inserts were comfortable and I noticed more support as I wore them out and about during my daily errands. They weren’t, however, the best when I took the jogging stroller out in my neighborhood, which has crazy hills, and my feet were pretty sore by the time I got home. I realize, however, that my feet could have been worse off without them since I was pushing two kids, a double stroller and carting two dogs on a leash without any sidewalks. Now that the weather is warming up I will see how they do with a more active lifestyle, but for everyday wear they have been nice. Although they are made to fit in most shoes, I doubt they would work well in narrow or dressy shoes as I felt like they took up a lot of room in my sneakers and I had to loosen up my laces a little to make it more comfortable. At the same time, if you are needing or wanting custom inserts you probably wouldn’t be wearing unsupportive shoes, but I’m just saying you probably won’t be able to comfortably fit them in your high heels.
So these seem to help feet for long bouts of standing and errands, but keep in mind they are a little bulky for anything narrower than sneakers. I plan to keep them in my everyday sneakers for going out and about with the kids and would recommend them to anyone who is on their feet a lot or have any ailments or prior surgeries that may make them prone to achy feet. Check out a kiosk near you and take advantage of the mail-in-rebate below to save even more.